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Phoenix store owner accused of food stamp fraud

PHOENIX — Authorities say a Phoenix convenience store owner has been
arrested for allegedly defrauding the federal food stamp program.

They say Joo Ho Yi is being held on suspicion of committed 10 intentional
violations of the food stamps program by illegally purchasing the benefits from
EBT cards.

Yi owns the New Star Market. Investigators say more than $500 in cash, five
bags of marijuana and half an ounce of methamphetamine allegedly were provided
to people in exchange for more than $4,000 in foot stamp benefits.

Federal authorities say fraud against the food stamp program exceeded $6,0 from
Yi’s store.

He was booked Thursday into Maricopa County Jail on charges of unlawful use of
food stamps, sale of a dangerous drug and sale of marijuana.

It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

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